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New Orleans Styled Elopement

This styled elopement was inspired by the French culture in New Orleans. The Henry Howard Hotel was the perfect setting for these two as they got ready for the day. The decor inside the hotel was both whimsical and fun. The details for the day included burgundy accents that were seen in the flowers by the Petaler Co. and the invitation suite created by Sarah Ann Design. There were so many sweet moments between the couple - getting ready, the first look, and strolling through the streets of the Art District.
-Hannah Groat, Photographer

Julie & TJ's Georgia Real Wedding

Looking back on that day, the ceremony was hands down our favorite moment. Being the center of attention, especially in front of a large crowd, has never been something I enjoy or feel comfortable with. That being said, the ceremony was one of the most serene, calming moments of my life. I truly feel that TJ and I set our nerves aside and focused solely on what we were vowing to each other for the rest of our lives. It's a moment you don't forget. 
-Julie, The Bride


The real weddings that are featured on The Southeastern Bride blog are the most visited and popular feature of the website, so when I began planning for Book Three, it just made sense to do a whole magazine dedicated to real weddings. When I reached out to the featured couples for their married wisdom, much of what I received back were stories and details about their wedding days. As you are reading this in preparation for your own big day, I hope that the details, information, and advice will be abundantly helpful to you. 

Love is a long road. Wedding day details are beautiful and can be so meaningful, but marriage is the really fun part. Sitting on the couch binge watching Netflix shows, fajita Friday’s, and long awaited weekend adventures- those are the big things and are the most important details. So even as you are planning for your wedding day, I hope that you will more importantly look forward to your future.

Eight years ago, my husband and I rented a cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia. There, just a few handfuls of our very favorite people gathered. We scooted couches out of the way, lit candles, and my husband‘s childhood best friend officiated. After we were married, we lit a bonfire outside and feasted on barbecue and banana pudding in lieu of cake. It was completely untraditional, but it was absolutely us. Our wedding day was just one way that we were already living out our marriage through being ourselves, accepting each other as we are, and vowing to do each day together.

With great joy, Book Three is now available and I am so thrilled to be donating all of the profits of the digital download to the wonderful non-profit, Wish Upon A Wedding. I am grateful to each of you who will help us make wedding dreams come true for some special couples facing life threatening and terminal circumstances. This is just one way I hope that this blog and magazine can spread light and lift up others through celebration.

May your wedding day be a meaningful reflection of your marriage to come,

Happily Married Mrs, Mama, & Founding Editor & Publisher of The Southeastern Bride.

Featured Image: Madeline Harper, as featured in Book Three

The Southeastern Bride Magazine Book Three Cover Hannah & Scott's Casual Brunch Wedding

Our brunch wedding at Emmer and Rye was meant to be an expression of our simple, yet profound, view of marriage. We designed our ceremony around what felt most like us. Displaying our desire to live simply, be intimate with our people, enjoy this beautiful life, and live passionately. 

We chose to have an informal, brunch ceremony on the porch of our favorite restaurant in Austin, Texas; Emmer & Rye. A morning marriage, a union with each other and God, followed by sangria and the best pastries and breakfast gorditas you have ever had in the company of the ones who promise to love and support us always. We incorporated a few special people from both of our lives to play a role in our ceremony. 

After we washed each others feet, we had our friends serve us communion during the ceremony while my sister gave me Scott’s ring and Scott’s best friend blessed our vow exchange. It was a morning full of deep joy, love, and simplicity in celebrating this gift of a beautiful companionship between us two. 
-Hanna & Scott

Lindsey & Joseph's Dunaway Gardens Engagement

When Lindsey and Joseph became engaged, they didn't focus solely on planning a wedding. Instead they set a beautiful example of celebrating the whole season of their engagement, starting with this over the top engagement session by Amanda Berube. The couple, who were just recently married at Dunaway Gardens, wanted to go all out with their engagement photography at the same place they would soon say their vows. The product is these beautiful moments between the couple.